Added to Creative Stoke, 13th December 2010

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Job:  The Staffordshire/Stoke-on-Trent organisation Make Some Noise requires a part-time (3 days / 22 hours p.w.) skilled Projects Officer. Application deadline: 14th January 2011. For more information on the post please contact Liz Muge, Chief Executive Officer on 01785 278289 or

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Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new £80m arts fund, which it is hoped will lever in another £80m from private philanthropists over the next four years. The initial £80m will be made up of £30 million from the taxpayer (via the DCMS departmental budget), and up to £50 million of Lottery funding over five years from 2011/12. The fund will help arts organisations to develop their fundraising capacities, and to identify and cultivate potential business donors and sponsors.

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NESTA’s new study of creative industries clusters in the UK is out now, and accompanied by video from a November event in London on the topic. Unsurprisingly the report opens with the finding that London dominates.

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The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is undertaking an online survey to determine the historical cost of commissioning new music — so as to provide a point of reference to help those in the industry calculate cost price structures.

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Job:  Education Support Services Tutors: Arts (ref. BLUT0893) are required by Her Majesty’s Young Offender’s Institute Werrington, located in the countryside to the east of Stoke-on-Trent. There is one full time, permanent Art Tutor and one part-time (temp to 31/07/11) post available. Application deadline: 5th January 2011. Full details here.

There is also a current vacancy for a Sessional Tutor (Music Technology) at Her Majesty’s Young Offender’s Institute Swinfen Hall, near Lichfield, Staffordshire.

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Job:  Paintings in Hospitals is seeking a Regional Co-ordinator to support the development of its loan schemes in the West Midlands. Paintings in Hospitals offers loans of art, and runs artist-in-residence projects. The work is home-based, with travel to healthcare sites required from time to time. A driving-license and access to a car is therefore essential. For more information about this opportunity or to apply (cover letter & C.V.), contact 020 7407 3222 or

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Those interested in ‘the maker revolution’, and itching to get their hands on the kit, may be interested in the new nearby community-access facility called Fab Lab Manchester.

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The new novelette Blasphemer (Eternal Press, 2010) is the latest tale from Stoke-on-Trent novelist Phil Emery, formerly a Keele lecturer. As with his earlier novel set in a gothic alternative Burslem, Necromantra (2006), Emery’s new novel has a North Staffordshire flavour. Blasphemer is set in a fantasy landscape inspired by the Staffordshire Moorlands. The land is ruled over by the Othergods, evanescent beings who leech sustenance from the souls of humans, leaving them to live out pale aimless shadow-lives. Only one young man dares seek out the older earthy folk-magic that might save the land. Blasphemer is forthcoming in paperback from Eternal Press, and is available now for the Amazon Kindle.

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Kal Di Capri writes to say that his Stoke semi-pro band (B52/Rockish) are in urgent need of two members. They need a Bass player (preferably with own bass, although one can be supplied), and a Drummer who will need their own equipment and transport. Interested? Call Kal on 07791 554620.


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